The Royal Oak, Pontypridd

The Royal Oak, at the southern end of Cilfynydd, is today best known for its Chinese restaurant and take-away. I can certainly vouch for their omelettes, although I must admit in recent weeks my favourite has been the sweet and sour chicken strips. Perfect when I’m home late from work and we’re both too tired to face the cooker!

I haven’t been able to find out much about when the Royal Oak was built. There’s mention of a Royal Oak pub in Glyntaf in the 1891 census, but unfortunately the accompanying images are behind a paywall (grrr – the National Archives website sends you to a commercial firm’s website which charges for access), so I can’t confirm whether this is the same pub or not. Like many of the properties along the A4054 through Cilfynydd, the Royal Oak would have backed onto the Glamorganshire Canal before it was closed.

If you can cast any light on the history of the Royal Oak, please leave a comment below.


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The Sluice Gates At Llwyn Onn Reservoir

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My choice of desktop wallpaper today continues this week’s theme about low water levels in the local reservoir. The water levels were low enough that we felt safe walking out along the reservoir wall to go and take a very close look at the sluice gates themselves. You can see just how close we got from this somewhat abstract shot.

By deliberately placing the focus on the front of one of the metal bars, and using a very shallow depth of field, I’ve made the whole thing look like it’s just a bit out of reach, which makes it a great image to have sat behind my desktop icons for the day.

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